A word from the Chair of our Executive Committee, Zoe De Toledo, ahead of the Lightweight Boat Races next weekend…

When I took up the role of Chair for the OUWLRC Executive Committee in 2019, I wasn’t quite prepared for the huge period of change that we have seen over the last year. The 2020 Women’s Lightweight Boat Race will be contested on a new race course, with a new coaching team at the helm, and will be the first race for OUWLRC as a full blue sport. This is all on the background of one of the worst winters for rowing weather in recent memory. 

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the athletes of OUWLRC, who have managed all this change with the grace, determination, and passion that I have come to expect as standard from these incredible women. I have been so impressed with your hard work, both on and off the water, to drive the club forward. I’m so proud to be a part of this small but mighty club!

The best of luck to all the CUWBC lightweight athletes in their final preparations to race. You are the only other people who can truly appreciate what it means to get yourselves to the start line of these races, and I hope our clubs can continue their strong relationship, and, dare I say it, further build our friendship, long into the future.

I’m sure all the alumni, friends, and family of OUWLRC will join me to wish our crews the best of luck for racing next weekend, on Saturday 14th(reserves) and Sunday 15th(Blue Boat) March. Please continue to follow our social media channels for more information on watching the races, or email . Thank you all for your support and generosity so far, and we hope to see as many of you as possible on the riverbank next weekend.